Florida developer reacts to Haiti quake

New York /
Jan.January 15, 2010 01:27 PM

From the South Florida Web site: Developer Frank McKinney may build multimillion-dollar mansions, but
he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty or make a statement. At noon today, McKinney, best known for his $29 million Acqua Liana
mansion in Manalapan, chained himself to his Delray Beach tree house,
while it was being moved 35 feet by a 60-ton crane, to make a statement
about “what’s important to fight for,” he said. By mid-afternoon, he’d boarded a chartered plane headed to Haiti to
help with disaster relief efforts after the devastating earthquake that
struck Tuesday and has destroyed buildings and killed tens of thousands
of people. The chaining event had been scheduled for weeks, and was to be the
culmination of an eight-year battle with the City of Delray Beach over
the controversial house, which was ruled illegal by the city’s
preservation commission. It was also to serve as a small fundraiser for
his Caring House Project Foundation, which built 11 self-sustaining
villages in Haiti, with three more underway. At least half were
destroyed in the quake.


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